Hi Guys ( and gals ),
So, new to this, obviously have alot of reading ahead of me .......
Going to do first build over the next few months.... Pretty sure I will be able to research and read a lot about most aspects. Have ordered alot of stuff from the states to take the hassle of sourcing the parts from Aust. You guys are lucky over there.
Hoping to post up progress and results for others.
There is such a wealth of information here, alas, it's so spread out and the practical nature of alot of the techniques are really hard to grasp by reading alone.
Couple of questions to start;
-Sewing techniques: Which stitches / twine / gauge is best ( anyone got a good URL which gives detail ) basically hoping someone who has made mistakes can tell me what is best. I know there is some information out there if I search but just looking to narrow the search a bit and know where to focus.
-Underquilt: Planning on sewing in a down/primaloft underquilt. Leaning towards primaloft as i'm concerned about dew/moisture over a few days. I notice a supplier has .4", .6" and 1.2" primaloft. Ideally, I want the hammock to pack small so .4? Or is it worth .6 or more. Having difficulty visualising rolling up / compressing the primaloft.
Or to phrase it another way, what is a minimal / average amount of down/primaloft.
If anyone can shed some light on these topics or even link me to some of the best tutorials on sewing / newbie builds I would be very grateful.
-I'm light and short 5"3'. Majority of systems on them market could be more compact.
-Learn how to sew better.
-Be as light as possible but not at the compromise of comfort and durability ( Try to find middle ground )
-Be as integrated as possible ( Hammock + Fly 2 peices everything else must be integrated )
-Be stealth ( Highwayside camping compatible for cycle touring )
-Compact, size is a priority over weight.
-Under $400 total for all parts, hopefully around $300 ( minus shipping )
-40-90 degrees compatible
EDIT: Running plans description
-Adjustable Double Ridgeline ( 1 for fly - 1 for bugnet )
-Integrated Down Underquilt
-Integrated Bugnet with Zip Entry
-38mm Webbing Tree Attachment ( I'm light )
-Custom snakeskins ( possible future modifications for dripstop )
-Multiple internal storage vestibules
-Possible water collection capability from fly